|converted magnifier light|
My Luxo magnifier light stopped working recently. It turned out to be a bad ballast. The light is a very expensive unit and has proved invaluable for lighting and magnifying various tasks in my shop. I needed to fix it, but unfortunately I could not find a replacement ballast. So I decided to convert it to LED lights.
|removed the bad ballast unit|
|removed the light housing|
|LED strip from Radio Shack|
|removed the protective silicone covering and|
used foam tape to mount strip into light housing
|had to make cuts to get it to follow the curve|
|used solid core wire to bridge the gaps|
|LED strip mounted in housing. Not shown: soldered LED|
wires to existing wires in magnifier.
|LED strip requires 12v @ 1.5A. |
Found this old Power Wheels battery charger in my pile of junk
|spliced power supply into magnifier power cord|
|It works! Nice and bright. |
Original power switch turns it on/off.
|view from above|